BREAKING NEWS - FedEx plane crash lands, burns In Tokyo

Just in … FedEx MD11 crash lands and burns at Tokyo Narita airport. According to story below there is news footage of the crash … 2620090322

Japans NHK just showed the crash on a live interent feed. The plane was landing in strong winds - it looks like one wing clipped the ground and the aircraft rolled onto its back and exploded (very dramatic footage). No word on the condition of the 2 pilots yet.

A youtube video has just been posted

成田空港で貨物機が着陸失敗(2009.03.23) Landing accident - YouTube)

Unreal!!! Surveillance video on FoxNews right now. Any word on the crew?

In all my years I have never seen anything bigger than a small recip have a landing like that. Wow, is all I can say.

does anybody have a link to the landing on liveatc?

OMG! That was sick. Poor bastards.

The MD-11 is not the easiest aircraft to land. This accident sounds similar to one at Newark back in July, 1997 in which the aircraft bounced and rolled right ending up inverted and on fire. Exactly like this accident. There is an “advanced landing technique” used by some companies which consists of “relaxing” back pressure(or pushing forward on the yoke) at about 10 ft. I believe the technique is to help avoid tail strikes, but I could see how it could lead to hard nose gear strike and porpoise. I’ll check with some friends and post more.

CNN is now reporting that pilot and co-pilot were both killed

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an American Airliner land like that before. Does anyone have a weather report from RJAA. And trust me, it’s not fun dealing with pax when CNN reports two different plane crashes 5 minutes apart.

This looks like basic pilot error but I’m not sure if they could have done a go-around, we’ll find out in a year.

Also, thoughts and prayers to those involved in this tragedy, I don’t want to sound inconsiderate, the tragedy of an aircrash is something this youn industry has to deal with everyday but it’s an industry that gets safer everyday. Hopefully we can learn from the mistakes here to make all of us safer in the future.

RJAA 222330Z 32019G34KT 9999 FEW030 13/M03 Q1003 WS R34R NOSIG RMK 1CU030 A2962 2307 WS PS MS 07KT 2000FT AND BLW ON FNA RWY34R B737
RJAA 222300Z 30018G29KT 9999 FEW030 13/M04 Q1002 WS R34R NOSIG RMK 1CU030 A2960
RJAA 222238Z 30019G32KT 9999 FEW030 12/M03 Q1002 WS R34R RMK 1CU030 A2959
RJAA 222230Z 30018KT 9999 FEW030 12/M03 Q1001 WS R34R TEMPO 31020G30KT RMK 1CU030 A2959 2218 MOD TURB BLW 500FT ON FNA RWY34R B767
RJAA 222200Z 31026G40KT 9999 FEW020 12/M02 Q1001 NOSIG RMK 1CU020 A2957 P/RR
RJAA 222130Z 32026G40KT 9999 FEW020 12/M02 Q0999 WS R34L NOSIG RMK 1CU020 A2952 P/RR
RJAA 222108Z 31025G35KT 9999 FEW020 12/M01 Q0998 RMK 1CU020 A2949
RJAA 222100Z 30013G28KT 260V330 9999 FEW020 13/M01 Q0998 NOSIG RMK 1CU020 A2948
RJAA 222041Z 26012KT 210V300 9999 FEW020 12/02 Q0998 RMK 1CU020 A2948
RJAA 222033Z 32016G26KT 9999 FEW020 11/03 Q0998 RMK 1CU020 A2947
RJAA 222030Z 32017KT 9999 FEW020 12/02 Q0998 NOSIG RMK 1CU020 A2948
RJAA 222000Z 33012KT 9999 FEW020 11/05 Q0997 NOSIG RMK 1CU020 A2946
RJAA 221930Z 32012KT 9999 FEW020 13/06 Q0997 NOSIG RMK 1CU020 A2944
RJAA 221900Z 31009KT CAVOK 13/08 Q0996 NOSIG RMK A2941

Thanks JMEN, I definitly wouldn’t want to land in 40 kt gusts and if my math is correct, that is a 25 kt gust crosswind

This picture tells it all: media

R.I.P. :frowning:

this is so sad tough…

possibly the flight number??

and here is a video of an aborted md-11 landing at Narita as a cause of high winds:

No, the flight originated from Guangzhou, China as FDX80 … an.html?hp

NRT is almost as notorious for nasty crosswinds as the old Kai Tek.

Although I’ve never been there to see first hand, there are many photos at Kai Tek of some WICKED crosswind landings. Everyone knows the ANA 747 series of photos and video where he sets it down like 30* from runway heading, you had the short final, the mountains all around and then the winds off the water. Surprised there weren’t more, more dramatic accidents there than there were.
RIP to the crew of the FED EX flight.